|Carousel of Progress|
|Opening date||July 2, 1967|
|Closing date||September 9, 1973|
|Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress|
|Opening date||January 15, 1975|
Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress is an attraction in Tomorrowland in the Magic Kingdom. The attraction debuted at the 1964 New York World's Fair as Progressland. After the fair, the attraction was moved to Disneyland, where it opened in 1967 as the Carousel of Progress. The attraction closed in 1973 and was relocated to Walt Disney World, where it opened in 1975. The theater that the "Carousel of Progress" had been in at Disneyland became the location for "America Sings" (1974-1988). In 1988, that same building became "Innoventions," which used the "It's a Great, Big, Beautiful Tomorrow" song used in the updated version of "The Carousel of Progress." In 1994, the attraction was renamed Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress.
- Discover how industrial advances over the past century have changed everyday living for an American family.
- Look back to the past and get a glimpse of the future at Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress, a fascinating 21-minute Audio-Animatronics stage show celebrating the evolution of technology throughout the 20th century and today.
- This light-hearted show follows a typical American family—narrated by patriarch, John—through 4 generations of the past 100 years. During each era, learn how the technological marvels of the day have made life more convenient, comfortable and fun—and paved the way for even more new and exciting innovations.
- Presented inside a revolving theater, the show includes an innovative audience seating area that rotates around a stationary central stage from act to act like a carousel.
The "Carousel of Progress" at the Magic Kingdom was sponsored by GE (General Electric) from 1975 until their contract was up in 1985. They chose not to renew their contract. The "Carousel of Progress" at the Magic Kingdom went under several changes over the years. Everything from the voices of the characters to how the characters looked to the theme song changed. In 2001, the attraction was placed into seasonal operation, due to decreases in attendance after the attacks on 9/11. In 2003, despite still being listed as a seasonal attraction, the "Carousel of Progress" at the Magic Kingdom has resumed full-time operation. In 2009, a minor change was made to the TV. They switched the outdated TV with a Sony flat-screen HD-TV.
- Act 1: Spring, Turn of the 20th Century - See how advances like gas lamps, the hand-cranked washing machine and a gramophone made the pre-electric era a breeze.
- Act 2: Summer, 1920s - Behold modern conveniences like the electric iron, the radio, the sewing machine and the light bulb— brought to life through the power of electricity.
- Act 3: Autumn, 1940s - The automatic dishwasher, an electric exercise machine and the introduction of the television are just some of the wonders that made life in suburbia even easier.
- Act 4: Winter, The Present - Today's high-tech marvels include virtual reality-based video games, high-definition televisions and voice-activated household appliances.